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Shopping Tips for Buying Clothes in Vietnam
Are you going to Vietnam in order to buy clothes with popular world famous brand names?

Certainly not (recommended)!

Trendy or brand name clothes are often sold at an outrageous price, even for some with the tag "made in Vietnam" on it. Imagine the import tax + Vietnam sale tax + the supreme rental cost in Vietnam added all together. So what advice there is for those hunting for some good new pants or tees?

In Vietnam, clothes are sold in three main areas, including shopping centers, local markets, and small shops along streets. If you have nothing to worry about your purse and care much about the quality of your clothes, it is advisable to orient towards shopping malls, nowhere else.

Shopping malls are located mostly in big cities in Vietnam, namely Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hai Phong, Danang and the likes. In shopping malls, apart from high-end clothes, you still have a chance to grasp clothes of your taste with reasonable prices and of good quality, which are of Vietnamese popular domestic brands such as Blue Exchange, N&M, Canifa and Ninomaxx. Nem is a Vietnamese brand but its price is as costly as other international brands (expect $70 for a decent dress). Prices in shopping malls are fixed, thus your obsession with bargaining would be completely eliminated.

To save your money, it is suggested to go to local markets and make full use of your smile and bargaining tips to get the best deal. Almost all clothes items sold at local markets are made in China with low quality. Moreover, almost all shops in local markets have no place for you to try on clothes, so it could be quite inconvenient to find your best suit. Yet, sometimes, luckily, you could catch clothes of acceptable quality and in trendy designs. Just keep in mind that you have rights to bargain and you should not miss the chance to do that.

Saigon Square in Ho Chi Minh City and Nga Tu So Market in Hanoi are favorite local markets for shop lovers. Yet, as foreigners, you had better to avoid going to Nga Tu So Market because only local shopping experts could survive with bargains in this market.

If you are not fond of local markets, its ambience as well as its inconvenience, clothing shops scattering on streets could meet your demands. Shops with Made in Vietnam signboards would be your ideal choice as their clothes are of quite good materials, in elegant designs and at reasonable prices. Better still, they have your size as almost all of their products are made for exporting.

Below are some addresses of some authentic Made in Vietnam shops in Hanoi: 58 Ba Trieu, 7A Cha Ca, 20 Hang Thung, 56 Quan Thanh, 193 Giang Vo, 65 Tran Nhan Tong, 266 Tay Son, 162 Ton Duc Thang, 89 Cau Giay, 275 Bach Mai, M2 55C Ly Thuong Kiet…

Shops of Vietnamese names or with English names that sound funny such as” Boys”, “Vietnamese Name+ Mode”, “Vietnamese name+ Fashion” and the likes often display and sell clothes made in China, and the quality as well as the price are also “better” than those sold at local markets.

Yet, in some shops, despite of their showy façade, their clothes are no more than a collection of clothes sold at local markets. Vietnamese popular domestic bands also have their own stores laid on crowded streets.
Shoes Making in Hoi An
You are anxious about having your own handmade shoes with the reasonable price while walking around, contemplating ancient architecture and enjoying the most mouth-watering cuisines. Hoi An is welcoming you!

Wait a minute.

What are you worrying about? Where you could get the most quality handmade items, where you are going to be treated like a VIP and where you are not fooled by unscrupulous shop owners are questions well worth being on your top list.

In Hoi An, shoes shops catch your eyes on every corner. They provide you with a massive catalogue and you would certainly feel confused. You are free to pick whatever style you want as a large number of wonderful copies of expensive designer shoes are available. Then, you are able to choose every aspect of your shoes, ranging from the color of the leather to the type of buckle and sole.

An imprint of your feet, after that, would be taken to make sure that your shoes will fit you well. If your feet could not fit in any pair of mass produced shoes, these shoes shops would be ideal destinations for you. However, beware of the fact as pairs of shoes in Hoi An only cost you 10 to 40 USD (depending on leather types, designs) compared to 300-400 USD in your own countries, therefore, the design is maybe good but the quality of leather is somewhat acceptable.

Although in Hoi An, you have to wait only 24 hours to have a pair of shoes done, you are supposed to order them in advance to avoid being in a rush, especially when you find your shoes not living up to your expectations and need some modifications. It is advisable to make a bargain in every shop.

Here are some recommended shoes shops.
The First Shoes Shop (275 Nguyen Duy Hieu Street)

It is a bit out of the town centre but quite close to The Life resort. The shop assistants speak excellent English and have a keen sense of fashion. Services are excellent as they are obliging with alternation requests although most of the time, customers are happy with their shoes after the first fitting.

Dong Shoes Shop (16 Tran Phu Street)

It looks like a typical shoe shop in Hoi An, nothing more. However, according to some foreign travelers, you would certainly be satisfied with your custom made thongs and boots. Services are quite good

Linh Shoes Shop (16 Tran Phu Street) 

Bargaining is easy and the price is hilariously low while the quality is acceptable.
Want more shopping tips for Hoi An? You may want to find out about The 7 Best Tailors of Hoi An!
Hoi An Central Market
Address: Nguyen Hue and Tran Phu Streets, Hoi An, Vietnam

If you wish to experience the unique Asian markets in Vietnam, Central Market in Hoi An is definitely a nice place to come. As typical local market, the products here are predominantly food with seafood section closest to the water. There are also fresh fruits, vegetables as well as many kinds of prepared meals if you’re confident to try. When bargaining, don’t hesitate to suggest about half the price and continue to work towards an agreement. Just walk on and smile to avoid the hassled by the stall holders. 
Southern Silk
Address: 682 Hai Ba Trung Street, Hoi An, Vietnam
Tel: (+84)-510-3915-925
Email: southernsilkha@yahoo.com.vn

As a professional business, Southern Silk Shop always prides itself on its professionalism of its highly skilled tailor with extremely accurate manual tailoring process. You could expect your sophisticated and elegant garments within a few days at a acceptable prices and with the help of the knowledgeable staff here.
Kim Nhung Silk
Address: 156 Nguyen Truong To, Hoi An, Vietnam 
Tel: (+84) 5103- 927-135
Website: http://www.hoiantailorkimnhungsilk.com
Email: hoiankimnhungsilk@gmail.com

Kim Nhung has a convenient position in Hoi An as it locates right at the central part. The first impression you probably have here is the hospitability and friendliness of the staff here who whole-heartedly give out suggestions. It also guarantees to make the finest products with consistently updated styles at attractive prices, just as their motto “Prestige, Quality, Fashion and Relevant Price.”
Friendly Shop
Address: 18 Tran Phu Street, Hoi An, Vietnam 
Tel: (+84) 935211382
Website: http://www.friendlyshophoian.com
Email: friendlyshophoian@gmail.com

Friendly Shop is a relatively large shoes shop in Hoi An which provides a large ion of premade shoes. It also provides custom-made shoes service with almost every designs you ever desire. As suggested in the name, the adorable sell girls here are extremely friendly, and its prices are “friendly” also.
Linh Shoes Shop
Address: 16 Tran Phu, Hoi An, Vietnam 
Website: http://linhshoeshop.wordpress.com

Linh Shoe Shop is a relatively small shop in the middle of the tourist streets in Hoi An. Everything here is made to order and it explains for the age-old shoes on the shelf, so don’t let them mislead you. You can totally have your old favorite yet past due-date shoes made here with top-notch leather, sole and stitching quality that surely you cannot find in the West with such price. Bargaining here is also an easy and interesting process. It also sells slippers in real leather at a amusingly low price.
Hoi An House of Traditional Crafts
Address: 41 Le Loi St Hoi An, Vietnam 

House of Hoi An Traditional Handicraft is an unusual silk shop which possesses an incredible collection of traditional from hand woven sleeping mats, textile, pottery and lacquer ware. It uses real live silkworms which are brought up through various stages of maturity, helping reveal the origin and treatment of this unique, traditional fabric. Contemporary artistic creations can also be found here.
Khoi Tailor
Address: 45 Tran Hung Dao St, Hoi An, Vietnam 
Tel: +845103861113
Email: tailorkhoi@hotmail.com

As a family-own business, Khoi Custom Tailor strives to meet all customer’s needs and wants. There products are of good quality, yet what set the shop apart from others is its affordable and very competitive price. The staff here is easily accessible and is pleasant to deal with – they will be helpful and accommodate you with suggested designs, materials, fittings and changes.
Yaly Hoi An
Address: 27 Tran Quy Cap St, Hoi An, Vietnam 

If you are the kind who is attentive for the details such as apparel with sequins, ruffles, multiple layers of fabric, etc. Yaly Couture is the tailor shop for you. It can make decent replicate of famous designed dresses, blouses and pants from your photos. You could also bring your desired materials from the Western world for the shop to make high quality clothes. You also should expect at least three to four days in Hoi An for your clothing to be made.